Everything begins now. Working at the limits of what can easily be expressed, filmmaker Peter Mettler takes on the elusive subject of time, and once again turns his camera to filming the unfilmmable. From the particle accelerator in Switzerland, where scientists seek to probe regions of time we cannot see, to lava flows in Hawaii which have overwhelmed all but one home on the south side of Big Island; from the disintegration of inner city Detroit, to a Hindu funeral rite near the place of Buddha’s enlightenment, Mettler explores our perception of time. He dares to dream the movie of the future while also immersing us in the wonder of the everyday. _The End of Time, at once personal, rigorous and visionary, Peter Mettler has crafted a film as compelling and magnificent as its subject. –swissfilms.ch
Peter Mettler (b. September 7, 1958 Toronto, Ontario). A renowned director, producer, cinematographer, editor and sound designer, Peter Mettler is among Canada’s most critically acclaimed contemporary filmmakers. His work is notable for its innovative incorporation of diverse genres and approaches into cohesive new hybrids. In Salome Pitschen and Annette Schönholzer’s book Making the Invisible Visible, Mettler describes his work as a search for “a balance between intellect and intuition, order and chaos, action and perception.” Elusive and meditative, his films are a compelling blend of personal inquiry, experimental and documentary form, metaphysical rumination and narrative drama.
Mettler was part of a circle of filmmakers that emerged as a vital force in Canadian cinema in the 1980s (which has come to be known as the Toronto New Wave). The list of directors he collaborated with as a cinematographer early in his career constitutes a who’s who of the Canadian film industry… read more
Mettler returns to his style of essay documentary for the first time since 03's "Gambling Gods and LSD' with this hard to define and dense work. Here he takes on the meaning of time and space and how their movement defines our world and us as its momentary residents. Fascinating footage at times mixing beautiful image with graphics and reflection. Not as successful as some of his earlier films but unique vision.